Last weekend Bookmans Speedway had a very special and extremely important event. Pima Community College’s Veterinary Technology College and the student’s animal rescue For the Love of Paws hosted an emergency adoption event. For the Love of Paws was founded by the students of the Vet Tech College and rescues animals from the Pinal County Animal Pound. The rescue currently has six dogs and two cats who are in desperate need of adoption. These animals have a deadline, much like the students of the vet college who are currently in mid terms. The end of this semester will mean everything to them.

For the Love of Paws

That is how long these wonderful pets have left to be adopted — three weeks, the end of the semester. After that, they will go back to Pinal County Pound. Amanda Smith is a student at PCC and will graduate next spring. She is in charge of For the Love of Paws and has spearheaded this year’s events. Students train to complete essential veterinary tasks such as x-rays, take vitals, vaccinations and work in emergency clinics.

“The most important clinical work we do is owner interviews and pet diagnosis along with education,” Amanda explains. “Interviews are essential to helping sick animals. Owners know their pets and can tell us what is wrong.” But the issue closest to the students’ hearts is For the Love of Paws.

“Each semester we rescue animals from Pinal County. This year we are on deadline. These animals need homes!” says Amanda. Adopted pets are only $34. The fee includes vaccination, spay and neuter, microchip, county registration heart guard, flee and tick dip and vet care. These dedicated students are cramming for finals while scrambling to find homes for these wonderful pets, if you have room in your home please contact Joyce Allinger at (520)206-7877. Look for future Paws events at Bookmans Speedway.